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NASBLA Boating Education, Training & Certification

National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Boating Education Training & Licensing Programs


Established in 1960 and headquartered in Lexington, KY, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) is a national nonprofit, organization that works to develop public policy for recreational boating safety. NASBLA represents the recreational boating authorities of all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

NSBLA offers a variety of resources, including training, model acts, education standards, publications and more. Through a national network of thousands of professional educators, law enforcement officers and volunteers, they affect the lives of over 76 million American boaters.

The Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program establishes a U.S. Coast Guard recognized national standard for the training, qualification, credentialing and typing of marine law enforcement and emergency first responders.

Also, NASBLA offers more than a dozen courses from Basic Crew Member to Pursuit and Stop to provide a variety of training options for marine law enforcement officers and first responders.

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Education & Training Programs

NASBLA Approved Boating Licenses

On-Water Courses

  • Boat Control On-Water Training Course: Boat Control On-Water Training Course is taught in four course modules and designed to teach boat handling skills to recreational boaters or personnel hired to operate a vessel used in marine patrol.
  • NSBC Instructor Certification: Upon successful completion of the course, the candidate becomes a NSBC Instructor that is certified to teach the Boat Control On-Water Training curriculum to students.
  • Skipper Club™: In partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, Skipper Club is focused on teaching teens valuable safe boating lessons and preparing the next generation of safe boaters.

Free Video Courses Online (BoatOnCourse)

  • Safety Equipment for Paddlers
  • Boater Etiquette at Launch Areas
  • How to Navigate Channels as a Paddler
  • Sharing the Waterways
  • America’s Waterway Watch
  • Boating Offshore
  • Marine Safety Information
  • Uniform Waterway Marking Systems
  • Understanding Aids to Navigation
  • Responsible Operation
  • Overtaking
  • Crossing
  • Meeting Head-On
  • Sound Signals
  • Navigation Lights
  • Maritime Exclusion Zones
  • Narrow Channels
  • Commercial Vessels
  • Sailing Vessels
  • Courtesy On the Water

On-Demand Videos (CEU)

  • CRBP Domain 1: Management, Leadership, Ethics and Character
  • CRBP Domain 3: Boating Laws and Compliance
  • CRBP Domain 6: Boating Safety Marketing, Outreach and Public Relations

Virtual Conference

  • International Boating and Water Safety Summit